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Catch up on all of the latest respiratory healthcare news and events, updates from PCRS and the latest issue of our members' magazine, Primary Care Respiratory Update (PCRU).

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Latest news

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19th January 2023

Category News

The Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology (ARTP) have now updated their advice on how to reduce the risk of spreading viral respiratory infections when performing aerosol-generating procedures (AEGs) such as spirometry in primary care settings. The flurry of investigations on AEGs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that these procedures have the potential to spread any aerosol borne virus, not just SARS-CoV-2.

18th January 2023
Category News

The PCRS Executive is the main standing committee of PCRS. It leads on the development and implementation of the activities of the charity. 

2nd December 2022
Category News

PCRS welcome the verdict of the inquest into the death of 2-year-old Awaab Ishak in Rochdale in 202

Events and webinars

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The UK's leading respiratory conference for clinicians working primary, community and integrated care comes to Telford in September.

The PCRS Podcast

Listen to the advice of our clinical experts in our exclusive series of podcasts on topics such as diagnosis of asthma, tackling SABA over-reliance and the use of rescue packs.

The Primary Care Respiratory Update (PCRU)

PCRU is packed with useful features, clinical updates, educational updates, respiratory news, summaries of respiratory-related policy news and also featuring summaries of npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine and other respiratory related journal articles, this jam-packed update has everything for clinicians working with patients with respiratory illnesses in a primary or community care setting.


This issue of PCRU introduces our latest pragmatic guide on severe asthma which guides you through this process ensuring the right patients end up in the right place with the right care.

Also in this edition, there has been a major shift in how COPD is assessed and classified announced by GOLD. Fiona Mosgrove takes you through the implications of these changes and for anybody writing or updating their local guidelines this will be invaluable reading.

Hear from Katherine Hickman, Chair of the PCRS Executive, who is this issue's Guest Editor and be sure to read the tributes to Katherine's predecessor, Carol Stonham.


This edition of PCRU features guest editor Nicola Strandring-Brown, a primary care nurse working in South Yorkshire and PCRS Committee Member.

We take a welcome look at the airway as a whole (yes, nose and all!) as Carol Stonham reminds us that while for some, allergic rhinitis is merely uncomfortable and inconvenient, for others it is the difference between well controlled lung disease and persistent problems and repeated hospital admissions throughout the summer season. She has written an excellent article reminding us of both the mechanisms by which allergic rhinitis occurs and how we can best support our asthma patients in managing these troublesome symptoms.

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